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Higher Power

    Buddhists don't have a "God" in the traditional sense, but they do follow the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha very closely, which is the closest this religion comes to a Higher Power. Siddhartha Gautama was born to a royal Hindu family, and discovered at a fairly early age that material gain is not life's ultimate goal.
    At the age of 29 he set out from being a prince to live the life of an Ascetic.  He soon realized that leading a life of self-mortification was the incorrect way of living, and discovered what is called The Middle Way, where one walks in the balance between self-indulgence and self-mortification.
    He eventually came upon a spot under a tree and he meditated for 49 days and achieved enlightenment.  He then proceeded to go out and spread all the knowledged he learned by becoming enlightened.  He told the people about "The Four Noble Truths" and many other Buddhist beliefs, and he accepted anyone and everyone who wished to lead a better life.